One Key Way Not To Catch A Cold Or Flu

Wash your hands.

Cold and flu season is around the corner, and experts say one of the chief ways of preventing the spread of these diseases is through thorough and regular hand washing. 

Below is a quick, step-by-step guide to proper handwashing technique:

  1. Use clean, running water; if available, use warm water.
  2. Wet your hands before applying soap.
  3. Rub your soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds (This is approximately the length of time it takes to sing one verse of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”). Make sure to wash all surfaces well, including your wrists, palms, backs of hands, and between fingers.
  4. Clean and remove the dirt from under your fingernails.
  5. Rinse your hands thoroughly to remove all soap.
  6. Dry your hands with an air dryer or a clean paper towel.
  7. Turn off the faucet with a paper towel.



For more information on proper hand washing techniques, visit GMC’s Health (e) Library at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/wellness. And if a cold or flu strikes, find the perfect physician for you at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/physician.

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